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Telia Carrier Embraces Coherent Pluggables using Acacia’s OpenZR+ Modules and Cisco Routers

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Telia Carrier announced today that it is preparing to converge their IP and optical networking layers to simplify their networks. Using Acacia’s 400G coherent modules that are plugged directly into Cisco routers, this architecture will enable Telia Carrier to address increasing bandwidth demand while significantly reducing both capital and operational expenditures.

Historically, scaling and operating a multi-layer architecture has always been a challenge. Thanks to game-changing innovations that span across silicon, optics, and routing systems, complex layers can finally converge into a simpler and more scalable architecture – Routed Optical Networking.

In preparation for this new solution, Telia Carrier has already deployed open line systems and terminal equipment that can support new 400G pluggable technology. As an early adopter of this architecture, Telia Carrier is one of the first network operators to perform full end-to-end validation of the solution. Leveraging Acacia’s 400G QSFP-DD coherent modules with OIF 400ZR and OpenZR+ operating modes, the solution can support data rates from 100G to 400G depending on the desired reach. The modules also support client n x 100GbE multiplexing functionality as well as 400GE transport.

“Conventional architectures and technologies built on decades of accumulated complexity and yesterday’s truths fall short in helping us keep up with customer demands for more, consistent bandwidth and a high-quality experience. Starting in the metro, standardized coherent pluggable modules are the next natural step in evolving cost structures, efficiency and scaling capabilities. This follows our global deployments of open optical line-systems and bandwidth-optimized switch-router silicon already powering thousands of 400GE capable ports in the network,” said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO at Telia Carrier

“Pluggable 400G coherent optical transceiver modules are important to enable service providers such as Telia Carrier to migrate to a more converged network architecture capable of enabling OpEx and CapEx savings, as well as a pay as you grow business model,” said Fenghai Liu, Vice President of Product Line Management at Acacia Communications. “Coherent pluggables, like Acacia’s 400G coherent module, have been designed to provide a scalable and cost-effective way to meet increasing bandwidth demands.”

“Adding support for pluggable 400G optics directly into mass-scale routing platforms allows operators to converge historically complex infrastructure into a simple, single layered architecture. The benefits – easier to maintain, faster to adapt, and cheaper to operate – are so compelling that we expect communication service providers to aggressively transition existing metro and long-haul networks to a Routed Optical Networking solution. This architecture can cost-effectively handle the projected traffic growth for the coming years while preparing to support the next transition to 800G or beyond,“ said Kevin Wollenweber, VP/GM Mass-scale Infrastructure Routing and Automation at Cisco.

About Telia Carrier

Telia Carrier solves global connectivity challenges for multinational enterprises whose businesses rely on digital infrastructure. On top of the world’s #1 ranked IP backbone and a unique ecosystem of cloud and network service providers, we provide an award-winning customer experience to customers in 120 countries worldwide. Our global Internet services connect more than 700 cloud, security and content providers with low latency. For further resilience, our private Cloud Connect service connects directly to Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Oracle cloud across North America, Europe, and Asia. Discover more at teliacarrier.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Acacia Communications

Acacia Communications develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. By implementing optical interconnect technology in a silicon-based platform, a process Acacia Communications refers to as the “siliconization of optical interconnect,” Acacia Communications is able to offer products at higher speeds and density with lower power consumption, that meet the needs of cloud and service providers and can be easily integrated in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment. For more information about Acacia, visit www.acacia-inc.com or follow on Twitter at @AcaciaComms.

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future. Discover more on The Network and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

The Telia Carrier name and logo are registered trademarks of Telia Carrier in the U.S.A. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective companies.


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SmartLabs’ SmartTUBE 7 brings additional functionality to IPTV/OTT operators

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SmartLabs announces the latest version of its Service Delivery Platform, SmartTUBE 7, which will enable IPTV/OTT operators able to make simpler updates to the software on client devices, gain a powerful tool for additional advertising income and get server software updates automatically.

Key features of SmartTUBE 7 include SmartLabs’ ADS (Advertising Decision System), a system for dynamically inserting ad units into Linear TS and OTT video streams depending on target criteria SmartTube Recommender, a system that uses machine learning for automatic generation of video content recommendations and SmartTUBE Device Manager, a module for managing firmware and applications on all types of IPTV/OTT devices including Linux, Android STBs, mobile and SmartTV platforms. The new system also includes CI/CD support, a new toolset for automatic software release deployment in private and public clouds.

SmartTUBE Recommender

SmartTUBE Recommender is a recommendation engine that uses algorithms including  collaborative filtering and context-based recommendations. It also uses machine learning to adjust algorithm parameters based on recommended content viewing statistics. Generated recommendations are displayed in the client user interface, making it more attractive for subscribers and taking the operator’s service quality to a new level. An operator may also use recommendations to promote content such as seasonal interest, commercial and licensing reasons.

To generate individual recommendations, data related to user actions and TV /VoD content is analysed. The data includes purchases, viewing statistics, time of watching certain content, personal rating of TV channels and meta content among others. Based on the data type and analysis technique, different types of recommendations are produced. SmartTUBE Recommender was previously delivered as a separate system that could be integrated into SmartTUBE or a similar third-party system. From February 2021, it will be distributed with SmartTUBE right out of the box.

SmartTUBE Device Manager

SmartTUBE Device Manager is a web console for managing firmware and applications on installed client devices including Linux and Android STBs, mobile and SmartTV platforms. The key advantage of SmartTUBE Device Manager is the control of firmware/application versions and their distribution to devices in a single interface. This greatly simplifies and speeds up the process of updating the client software. This console has a number of features that greatly facilitate the administration of the operator’s client device fleet:

  • Software artefacts management (firmware, private app repository, configuration settings)
  • Device grouping (production, staging, A&B, etc.)
  • HTTP and Multicast firmware distribution
  • Software version tracking and release notes
  • Update strategies management (soft update, force update, minimal allowed version)
  • Configuring the Home screen of the client UI

The SmartTUBE Device Manager interface is simple to navigate and lets operators evaluate the firmware version and system apps installed on the client devices at a glance.

ADS (Advertising Decision System)

SmartLabs ADS is a system for dynamically inserting ad units into Linear TS and OTT video streams depending on target criteria, enabling operators to have a reliable tool for managing ad campaigns. The ADS is intended to be used for direct sold campaigns (i.e. campaigns that the video operator has sold directly to advertisers). With this innovation, IPTV/OTT operators will get a brand new tool for generating additional income. This system is integrated into the SmartLabs platform and includes two functional tiers: Decision Subsystem (DSS) and Insertion Subsystem (ISS).

The DSS carries information about the advertiser, ad campaigns, ad creatives, duration, dates, types, target devices, target content and several other parameters. Using this information, the DSS can make a decision about which ad is the right one for insertion in a specific insertion opportunity. Advertising campaigns are managed in a concise and user-friendly interface. The ISS requests an ad decision from the DSS and from this inserts the ads that meet the requested target criteria into the video stream.

CI/CD Support

In the process of developing, testing and implementing software products, SmartLabs adheres to the concept of Continuous Integration, which implies more frequent release of stable software updates. Starting with SmartTUBE 7, SmartLabs will start using the continuous deployment tool set.

This will enable SmartLabs to respond to customer requests more accurately, in an integrated manner, releasing and deploying customised updates more frequently, in less time and with minimum disruption.

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Sigfox Collaborates with Google Cloud to Accelerate its Global IoT Strategy

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Sigfox Google Cloud

Google Cloud and Sigfox announced on Wednesday that the leading global 0G network and Internet of Things (IoT) platform services provider, has partnered with Google Cloud to scale its cloud infrastructure and extend its IoT services portfolio. This partnership will enable Sigfox to rapidly accelerate its “Massive IoT” agenda—processing billions of messages each month from objects connected to the internet using data stored in the cloud.

Sigfox is the world’s largest dedicated LWAN service provider for connecting simple, low-powered, low-cost IoT devices to the Internet. Already deployed in 72 countries, covering more than 1.3 billion people, Sigfox’s 0G network is used for a wide range of IoT use cases, from tracking shipping containers and monitoring fire hydrants, to securing buildings and  helping farmers monitor irrigation levels. In recent years, due to an explosion in the number of internet-connected devices, Sigfox now processes billions of messages each month (an increase of 145% in 2020) from the millions of objects connected to its network—and the company needed a more scalable, long-term solution. 

Google Cloud was chosen as the backbone for Sigfox’s 0G network to bring better scale, increased reliability, and best-of-breed compliance and security to Sigfox’s platform. Google Cloud will also enable faster improvements to Sigfox’s connectivity, geolocation, and other value-added services towards ultra-low-cost and ultra-low-power IoT solutions.

Sigfox’s shift to the cloud will transform many of the applications across the range of industries in which it operates, including supply chain and logistics, automotive, postal services and utilities. This includes the Sigfox auto parts solution, which tracks components on their journeys between assembly plants and suppliers with sensor-equipped containers. Or Sigfox’s solutions for utility companies that digitize the data collection of gas consumption meters, retrofitted Network Controlling Units, and smart features. Also, shipping companies fit trolley rollers or containers with Sigfox smart trackers to give exact information on location, movement and condition. All of them will be now cloud-enabled, helping provide a scalable and seamless way to manage exponential data growth.

“We chose Google Cloud because we share the same appetite for driving digital transformation through helpful, reliable, and sustainable innovation,” said Franck Siegel, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sigfox. “With this partnership, Google Cloud technology will support us in becoming the global leader in ultra-low-cost, ultra-low-power asset visibility and tracking.”

“Google Cloud is proud to support Sigfox and provide an IoT leader with more reliability and flexibility as the company takes on the next steps of its development,” said Samuel Bonamigo, VP Sales, EMEA South, Google Cloud. “Sigfox’s use of Google Cloud technology is the perfect illustration of how we’re helping innovative companies grow and thrive, and better serve their customers.”

About Google Cloud

Google Cloud provides organizations with leading infrastructure, platform capabilities and industry solutions. We deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology to help companies operate more efficiently and adapt to changing needs, giving customers a foundation for the future. Customers in more than 150 countries turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to solve their most critical business problems.

About Sigfox

Sigfox is the initiator of the 0G network and the world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) service provider. It relies on a unique combination of ultra-low cost and ultra-low power technologies together with a global network to enable companies to gain visibility and track their assets worldwide for greater business results. With Sigfox, +17 million of devices send +60 million messages a day so that businesses can accelerate their digital transformation in key areas such as Asset Tracking and Supply Chain.

ISO 9001 certified and surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players, Sigfox was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in France with offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.

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Workz recognised as world leader in IoT

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Tor Malmros, Workz Group CEO

Dubai company identified as market leader in eSIM and telecom cards.

Workz Group has been declared as one of the world’s leading providers in the mobile IoT sector according to several new industry reports. The acknowledgements include Counterpoint Research who ranked the Dubai-based company as one of the top five leaders in eSIM, and the Nilson Report that recognised Workz as the number one producer of telecom cards.

Mobile sector specialist, Counterpoint’s report on the eSIM market assessed providers of the next-generation SIM technology against eight parameters including security, compliance, technology and customer base. The report identified Workz as one of the top five over-the-air subscription managers of embedded SIMs as well as a top six producer of its hardware. The accolade is seen as a result of the company’s long-term investment in emerging technologies which includes facility upgrades and a range of security certifications, making it one of only six providers in the world to be fully accredited by the GSMA for the production and management of eSIMs across all sectors. Last September, Workz launched the first-ever ‘hybrid’ platform for consumer and M2M eSIM devices enabling service providers to simplify over-the-air management with a single solution, and an entitlement server to activate mobile subscriptions for companion devices with the embedded SIM technology.

Neil Shah, Vice President at Counterpoint said, “Workz has risen up in their completeness, partnership, platform capabilities and geo reach to become one of the top players globally.”

Workz Group was also identified as the world’s largest manufacturer of SIM and prepaid telecom cards by secure mobile and payments auditor, the Nilson Report. The telecoms company was founded in 1997 and has seven offices in five continents providing secure connectivity hardware and software solutions to over 130 clients across 70 countries.

Tor Malmros, Workz Group CEO commented, “Being recognised as a market leader by industry commentators is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team. Although last year was tougher than most, we’ve continued to evolve, further challenging the traditional legacy players in the industry by persistently developing highly competitive new virtual solutions that our clients can quickly and easily roll out to their customers.”

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